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Generic Name: micafungin (mike a fun gen)
Brand Names: Mycamine

What is micafungin?

Micafungin is an antifungal medication.

Micafungin is used to treat esophageal candidiasis and for the prevention of Candida fungal infections in patients receiving hematopoietic stem cell transplantation.

Micafungin may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.

What is the most important information I should know about micafungin?

Micafungin should be administered as an injection by a healthcare provider. It should be administered in a clinical setting where an emergency situation can be handled properly.

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before receiving micafungin?

Before taking micafungin, tell your doctor if you have

  • liver disease; or
  • kidney disease.

You may not be able to take micafungin, or you may require a dosage adjustment or special monitoring during treatment.

Micafungin is in the FDA pregnancy category C. This means that it is not known whether micafungin will be harmful to an unborn baby. Do not take this medication without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant or could become pregnant during treatment. Micafungin passes into breast milk in small amounts and may affect a nursing baby. Do not take micafungin without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

How should I take micafungin?

Micafungin should be administered as an injection by a healthcare provider. It should be administered in a clinical setting where an emergency situation can be handled properly.

Your healthcare provider will store micafungin as directed by the manufacturer.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Since the medication will be administered by a healthcare provider, missing a dose should not occur.

What happens if I overdose?

Seek emergency medical attention if an overdose is suspected.

What should I avoid while taking micafungin?

Other drugs can interact with micafungin resulting in dangerous side effects and/or decreased effectiveness. Do not take any other prescription or over-the-counter medicines, including vitamins, minerals, and herbal products, without first talking to your doctor during treatment with micafungin.

Micafungin side effects

If you experience any of the following serious side effects, stop taking micafungin and seek emergency medical attention or contact your doctor immediately:
  • an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; closing of the throat; swelling of the lips, tongue, or face; or hives); or

  • a skin rash.

Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome.

What other drugs will affect micafungin?

Other drugs can interact with micafungin resulting in dangerous side effects and/or decreased effectiveness. Do not take any other prescription or over-the-counter medicines, including vitamins, minerals, and herbal products, without first talking to your doctor during treatment with micafungin.

Where can I get more information?

  • Your pharmacist has additional information about micafungin written for health professionals that you may read.

What does my medication look like?

Micafungin is available with a prescription under the brand name Mycamine. Other brand or generic formulations may also be available. Ask your pharmacist any questions you have about this medication, especially if it is new to you.

  • Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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